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Freezer is hot on the sides is this normal?

I just plugged the freezer into the wall. It has been in storage for a few months. I feel the sides and it is hot to the touch. It is in the laundry room and it is hot in there. The freezer is getting cold. My question is the freezer working properly.

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Good day,
Yes, that is normal. It is ideal to not be in a hot room but as it reaches temperature and begins to cycle off and on it will become somewhat cooler.

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